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Clamping down on conversion therapyFrance is the latest country to join the list of countries that have legislation in place to ban conversion therapies. It passed a new law…
27 Jan 2022
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Clamping down on conversion therapy

France is the latest country to join the list of countries that have legislation in place to ban conversion therapies. It passed a new law on 27 January criminalising the…

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Sing Lit’s New Narrative: A luxury we can afford, all year long

I still remember the first time I read an Arthur Yap poem. My junior college literature department had graciously prepared us a compendium for the unseen poetry segment in our A-Level exams. Ironically, we were analysing An Afternoon Nap, a poem that scrutinises the Singaporean penchant to glorify academic achievements as the ultimate goal in…
2 Jun 2022 7 mins read

Opinion: Why and how did Pritam Singh get caught in the cross hairs?

Raeesah Khan lied in Parliament. She confessed. It should have been an open and shut case. But the Parliamentary investigation into the former Workers’ Party (WP) MP morphed into something that could affect the party’s future and that of politics in Singapore. The investigation team smelt blood as they detected a bigger prey waiting to…
18 Feb 2022 2 mins read

Clamping down on conversion therapy

France is the latest country to join the list of countries that have legislation in place to ban conversion therapies. It passed a new law on 27 January criminalising the use of ‘conversion therapy’, which aims to change or reprimand the sexual orientation or gender identity of an individual.  The new law has been approved…
27 Jan 2022 3 mins read

Has Covid killed cinemas in Singapore as we know them?

When was the last time you managed to catch a blockbuster at the cinema after the Covid-19 circuit breaker ended in May 2020? If your answer is “never”, then you are not alone. The pandemic has had a substantial impact on the film industry in 2020 and 2021 and across the world to varying degrees,…
25 Jan 2022 3 mins read

When tech companies get taken to task for the suicide of an 11-year-old

Meta Platforms and Snap Inc. that run several prominent social media apps, are being blamed for the suicide of an 11-year-old girl who became addicted to Instagram and Snapchat. This is according to the girl’s mother who has recently filed a lawsuit against the two major companies.  Even so, this is not the first incident…
24 Jan 2022 2 mins read

Opinion: Will the Workers’ Party be done in by a “woke” member?

I woke up to woke only just now.  The word has been bandied about often but I have been against using it because I am an old-fashioned user of the English language who resists the use of new words when old ones can do the job. But then Raeesah Khan stormed into our consciousness and…
5 Jan 2022 2 mins read

Comprehensive law, ethical guidelines needed for social egg freezing in Singapore

Singapore saw its total fertility rate fall to a historic low of 1.1 in 2020. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Indranee Rajah, told Parliament in February 2021 that the cause is perhaps the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in some Singaporeans postponing their marriage, and others delaying parenthood plans. The situation has led to a…
13 Oct 2021 6 mins read

Crossing the digital chasm: How can we avoid stigmatising older adults?

(NOTE: Pseudonyms are used in this article to ensure the anonymity of all interviewees.) Sitting in the living room of her one-room rental flat, 83-year-old Tan Bee Leng scrolls through the list of contact numbers on her smartphone, naming each of them to me: “This is my home nurse, this… my neighbour who lives downstairs,…
7 Jul 2021 5 mins read

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